Overview of Microfinance Markets and Investment Opportunities in Russia and China (Presentation)

  • Date Posted: October 28, 2011
  • Authors: Mikhail Mamuta, Ning Tang
  • Organizations/Projects: Russian Microfinance Center
  • Document Types: Evidence or Research
  • Donor Type: U.S. Agency for International Development

Currently, the overall demand for microfinance services in Russia amounts to US$ 7.7 billion and the supply meets about 15% of the demand. The majority of Russian MFIs and credit unions are looking to expand their operations by partnering with international investors. Mikhail Mamuta discusses how microfinance in Russia has been growing since 2003, the presentation talks about the market's structure and regulations, lessons learned from the 2008-2009 economic crisis, as well as risks and opportunities that microfinance investors and practitioners can encounter in Russia.

Ning Tang, Founder and CEO of CreditEase and Board member of the China Association of Microfinance, continues this discussion by providing an overview of the unique microfinance market in China. The demand for microloans in China is also much greater than the supply and microfinance sector and is growing rapidly. The presentation talks about the challenges and opportunities that investors and practitioners may face when operating in China.